Seven months, wow, that’s gone fast. Following on from last month’s update, I’m still breastfeeding on a schedule. It seems to be working pretty well, and I’m definitely happy to continue a bit longer. Like I said last month, I think the improved sleep has really changed my attitude to breastfeeding! Plus, I’ve realised how much easier breastfeeding is now. I’m doing one bottle feed a day, and washing and sterilising one bottle is all I can cope with.
Feeding a lot less
Now Jacob is eating 3 meals a day, it seems like he’s having a lot less milk. I’m still offering at the same times (6/7am, 11am, 2pm and 6pm), but—particularly in the middle of the day—sometimes he’s really not interested and latches on for less than 2 minutes. He feeds really well at the first feed of the day, but other than that he can take it or leave it.
My health visitor friend said that’s fine. Some babies drop milk feeds quicker than others. I’m going to make a point of getting him weighed though, just to make sure he’s getting enough milk and food.
It’s funny, you spend the first few months of breastfeeding worrying if they are getting enough. Now I’m back to it again!
Giving a bottle of formula
I’ve now stopped expressing for the 10pm feed. I was finding it a bit too tiring/time-consuming/plain annoying. I figured a bottle of formula would make my life a lot easier, and he drinks the whole thing like a champ! It’s a far cry from our earlier bottle refusing problems. If you are struggling to get your breastfed baby to take a bottle, I really recommend trying one at about 10pm, when they are sleepy. That’s how we cracked it.
After trying several bottles, we are using the Munchkin Latch bottle. It took a lot of trial and error but Jacob seems happiest with this bottle. It could just be coincidence that he started accepting a bottle when we tried them, but I’m not going to risk going back now.
A new aim
We’ve booked a holiday for mid-May, so that’s my new breastfeeding aim. I’d like to be able to breastfeed on the plane if he gets cranky, as it’s a good way of calming him down. He’ll be 9 months. I think it should be achievable, but breastfeeding is quite unpredictable, so we’ll see. Either way, I’m pretty happy to have made it this far.
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